We had the good fortune of connecting with Dani Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dani, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have loved art and have always found a way to express myself with my art since I was a child, so it was only right to do so as an adult. At first, I only looked at it as a hobby, but once I moved to Dallas and got surrounded by other creatives, they eventually pushed me to put myself out there and start my business. That was by far one of the best things to happen to me because I love EVERYTHING about creating, and I truly can’t see myself doing anything else. Creating is something that I will never get tired of, whether I am creating for others or just for myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self-taught artist who specializes in Digital and Visual Arts with an art medium of Acrylic paints. My art mainly consists of anime-oriented pieces, but I also will paint something random at the drop of a dime. I would say the thing I am most proud of is that I am creating unapologetically. In the beginning, it was not easy for me to show my artwork let alone make a business out of it, but the more and more I put myself out there, the more I cared less of what people thought of my creations and just had fun with it. I think having fun with what you do is important. Making money and gaining a following for it is nice, but if I am not enjoying it anymore, I won’t do it. So, I think finding a balance between the two has been the most challenging and rewarding at the same time. In order to get through these challenges, I had to do some self-reflecting, because sometimes we can be our own greatest enemy. I just really had to build up my confidence and just know that I was made for this (no if, ands, buts, about it). I want the world to know that being a creative for me isn’t just something I picked up but truly is my life. It is something I believe I was put on this earth to do and will continue to do for years to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ohhh this is a little hard because I am still trying to get to know the area myself, but a couple of places I would take them to eat is Trompito Taqueria, Vidorra, and Ramen Hakata, Aunt Irene’s. We would for sure visit any art museums or pop-up shops, Arcades, probably do some sort of Escape Room. Get some drinks at a daquiri shop or bar. I think the coolest thing about Dallas is that there is always having some sort of event going on, so I definitely would see if there were any local shows happening and take them there!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents! They have been my rock through this whole experience. They have worked so hard to set me up for success and that is something that I could never thank them enough for. They’re definitely the parents who think they’re child is a superstar, and I would most definitely have to agree lol. It doesn’t matter how crazy my ideas or projects might be as long as I have a plan they’re rocking with me, and even if I don’t, they’re going sit down and figure one out with me. My parents are a safe space and that will forever mean the world to me.
I also have to give credit to my friends. I am surrounded by such an amazing group of people. They have been there through the good and bad. My friends have supported me over and over again without hesitation and I am absolutely grateful for them.
Other: I also stream on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/dani_lovee